“You’re doing a workshop at New England Crime Bake?” Spence says.

“This Friday at 3,” says Admin.

“I thought you had tennis at noon.”

“The drive only takes an hour.”

“What if you hit traffic – it’s a Friday.”

“Hmm. See – there’s plot point right there.”

“But you don’t think in plot points. How do you think, if you don’t mind my asking?”

“Is that the phone?”

Welcome Abby.



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83 Responses to “Crimebake”

  1. Barb & Maggie
    8:05 am on November 5th, 2013

    Good morning all. Good luck with the tennis game. Hope you make your 3:00!

  2. Wose
    8:23 am on November 5th, 2013


    PA/SQ, Play a good set, and have a good time. Lucky is the person who takes a writing class with you! I’m jealous!

    Any news on Nana?

    Today is the day I officially become unemployed. Details at 7.

    RIO! CHobbit is so lucky to have your friend’s Christmas Tree. It is very lovely. Make her put her name back on it!

    Those under the quilt I send good, healing thoughts to you all.

  3. Wose
    8:25 am on November 5th, 2013

    HRH, B, Another interesting Google Doodle.

  4. B. Stover
    8:57 am on November 5th, 2013

    I’m laughing because I first read this as “crab bake.” The crime bake sounds interesting. Have fun Spence.

    Rio: Your friend’s latest project is beautiful.

    Rose: I hope everything works out well today. I’ll check the Google Doodle in a bit.

  5. Herd of Hounds
    9:47 am on November 5th, 2013

    Good morning, everyone! Crime Bake sounds interesting. Rose, you are in our thoughts today. Hoping for more Nana News today. With winter fast approaching we all need to be as healthy as possible to withstand cold and blustery weather. Our advice is 1) lots of homemade chicken noodle soup and 2) get cracking on getting healthy.
    Have a tuneful Tuesday (la, la, la)

  6. Melanie
    10:07 am on November 5th, 2013

    I’m with B.Stover. Except I read “Clam Bake”. Wish I could be there. For Crimes, Clams and Crabs.

    Had a difficult morning with a certain car rental agency. Inflexible is the word for them. I wrote on their FaceBook page.

    Then I saw the following.

    It made my morning. Lots of things to comment on from last night, but I am off to get punctured.

  7. Barb & Maggie
    10:11 am on November 5th, 2013

    We are with Melanie. We read Clambake!

    Melanie, hope Enterprise is not the problem car rental agency. Barb’s niece works there in their headquarters and loves the company.

    Off to the grocery store.

  8. B. Stover
    10:33 am on November 5th, 2013

    Today’s Google Doodle celebrates the 120th birthday of Raymond Loewy who was an industrial designer. Among many things, he designed the Shell Oil logo, four Pennsylvania railroad locomotives, and the 1968 Elna Lotus sewing machine. Wonder if Staff is familiar with that. (Thank you Rose.)

    Yesterday’s Google Doodle celebrated the 84th birthday of Shakuntala Devi who was known as the “human computer.” (Thank you Dawson.)

    Staff: I really like the motion quilting design that you posted last night. I’ve never seen any quilting like that before.

  9. dawson
    10:38 am on November 5th, 2013

    Plot point, eh? I’m learning something again today.

    I would like any one of those beautiful cars designed by the google doodle guy.

    Tuneful Tuesday? I was awakened by a gentle shake and I hummed a little tune. Another shake, more tune. Are you a musical instrument? says the shaker. Yes says I. The tune? Camptown Ladies Sing This Song: Do Dah, Do Dah.

    Prayers for a good result for Wose’s meeting, a good workout for BearSpirit’s Mom, no more difficulties for Melanie today.

    I’m like Barb, off to do grocery shopping, it being the first Tuesday of the month which is 10% off day.

  10. Herd of Hounds
    11:40 am on November 5th, 2013

    Dawson, the discount day for shopping here is “Old Fart Wednesday” which is why mom goes then. (OK, so maybe they don’t call it old fart 🙂 ) The Peck of Parrots now have clean domiciles for another week. Really overcast and chilly here but the weather folks say sunny and high 60’s. Lit the gas log to knock the dampness off and darling, delightful, dingy Darah honked at the fireplace 🙂

  11. B. Stover
    12:12 pm on November 5th, 2013

    T&G: You may make up as many words as you like.

  12. Barb & Maggie
    12:29 pm on November 5th, 2013

    Just returned Spider Woman’s Daughter to the library. Liked it very much. You will not be disappointed if you are a Hillerman fan.

    So far we have read 5 of Donna Ball’s Raine Stockton books. They are good and easy to read, but the printing is not the most professional. Did anyone who reads these books notice that they are printed by Blue Merele Publishing? Since Donna B. had a collie and Australian Shepherds, we think it is her own company. Any comments?

  13. Siber-H
    12:42 pm on November 5th, 2013

    Good Luck today, Spence. May it all be fun!

    Barb, Thanks for the Hillerman book review. Mom will read it now that everyone else has read it and given it good reviews.

    Wose, Thinking of you today. It makes us very angry to think of your boss being mean to you.

    We are also wondering how Nana is doing.

  14. Tupper and Gilly
    12:48 pm on November 5th, 2013

    Dear Professor Bee – thank you for permission to make up words. It’s one of the things we do best.

    Paws crossed for Rose today.

    Mama was working at the polls this morning. She had a (large) cup of coffee at 5:30 am, and another cup at 7:00 am, and a third cup at 9:30 am. She is not used to all this caffeine.

    She may never blink again.

  15. c.hobbit
    12:59 pm on November 5th, 2013

    My good thoughts are with Rose today.

    For SnowBella: Heh!

  16. c.hobbit
    1:00 pm on November 5th, 2013

    How true is this?

  17. Siber-H
    1:10 pm on November 5th, 2013

    C.Hobbit, Mom says it is completely true of her.

  18. Tupper and Gilly
    1:41 pm on November 5th, 2013

    Hooray – the house painters are here! They are scraping today, bleaching tomorrow, scraping again the day after that and the VIOLA – Paint!

    Woo hoo!

  19. Herd of Hounds
    1:42 pm on November 5th, 2013

    Moose lips: it’s what for dinner! (gah! mom hopes not, we think it could be tasty.)

  20. Melanie
    1:50 pm on November 5th, 2013

    Commissioner C.Hobbit has a beautiful piece of art coming her way.

    Cheese Grater . . Excellent.

    I am not deflated. JonnieG suggested Zipper vehicles. I wrote to their headquarters.

    It was not that on Barb and MagPie. It was the we’re “number 1”. Which interestingly enough they do not use anymore.

    The day is not wasted! I got to use the word “conundrum” in a sentence.

    Resting now . .

  21. Barb & Maggie
    1:50 pm on November 5th, 2013

    That comment about dogs is very profound and totally true. The only two legged I ever wanted to bite (and would have if she had come any closer) was the Crazy Lady that Barb worked for. I know a perp when I see one!

    T & G, did you take before pictures?

    Waiting for rain to start here.

    Barb is giving me a happy pill in a bit, then taking me in for a manny-petty. Does anyone else dislike that term?

  22. Barb & Maggie
    1:52 pm on November 5th, 2013

    Melanie, Is that the one that starts with H?

  23. Tupper and Gilly
    2:08 pm on November 5th, 2013

    Barb and Maggie – yes, we do have before pictures. We can’t wait to see the after!
    When we took the first picture, it was so we could upload it to the paint site, and virtually paint the house so we could see how it looked. But the paint site says the picture is too big, so that idea went by the wayside.
    Guess it will be what it will be and we dang well better like it.

    Melanie – we often get to use the word “conundrum” in a sentence. Especially in letters. It is trying to work in “rat b*st*rd” that is hard – if you are trying to be polite. tee hee

  24. O'Howlers
    2:13 pm on November 5th, 2013

    Conundrum is a favorite word of Mom’s she uses it often.
    Can’t wait to see the “After” picture T&G.
    C.Hobbit: true words indeed. We 4-leggeds are good judges of character. Who wouldn’t love us?

  25. Barb & Maggie
    2:23 pm on November 5th, 2013

    Does anyone read Baldacci? Just bought True Blue at the library for $1. Since it retailed for $27.99 we thought it was a good deal. Our library has a shelf of hardbound books for $1.00 and paperbacks for $.50.

    Wonder how Rose’s day is going.

  26. Barb & Maggie
    2:36 pm on November 5th, 2013

    Here is a question for someone with better computer skills, maybe Melanie. Barb took a bunch of pictures with her phone then emailed them to Kelly. They were all upside down in the email. They don’t look upside down in our phone, so what are we doing wrong? Could Barb be holding the phone incorrectly when taking the picture?

  27. Herd of Hounds
    2:51 pm on November 5th, 2013

    B&M: We don’t have an answer but wish to comment. We have found that sometimes between Mac and PCs this happens. Don’t know how or why or when AND don’t know how to fix it BUT…you are not the Lone Ranger.

  28. Tupper and Gilly
    2:54 pm on November 5th, 2013

    Barb – while we are not an expert, we have found that taking photos with an iphone and uploading them is basically a crap shoot. There have been times when other on the blog have mentioned that a picture is upside down. while to us it is just fine. And we have uploaded from our phone, only to find the picture upside down on one of our ‘putters and right side up on the newer one.

    We think its a conspiracy.

  29. Teddy Ruff Rider
    3:07 pm on November 5th, 2013

    For my bestest friend Rose — just let me know if I need to go into my most devil dog mode to deal with nasty boss of yours; I can do it in a heartbeat.

    B&M — My dad says they read most of the Raine Stockon books on the Kindle, so did not notice any printing problems per se. The only actual book we have is the very first one in the series. But he thinks your surmise may be correct (my dad uses words like “surmise” although I certainly don’t). TRR

  30. Pancho & Lefty
    3:13 pm on November 5th, 2013

    CHH: We could hear our lady cursing last night from here when she read Rose’s news. We can’t prove it, but we’re pretty sure we just heard her stomach lurch when she saw your post. You are evil!—we love it! Giggle…snort…lurch!

  31. B. Stover
    3:17 pm on November 5th, 2013

    Barb: The King and Maxwell tv series (now cancelled…grump) is based on the Baldacci novels which I have not read. I really enjoyed the tv series. A friend of mine reads the books and likes them.

  32. Barb & Maggie
    3:26 pm on November 5th, 2013

    Teddy, The kinds of printing errors we are talking about are misspelled words, and spacing. The spacing problem we noticed a lot – here is an example (made up):
    Raine went to the door and peeked
    Barb is rather OCD, so she would be counting the spaces, and then counting the letters in the first word on the next line to see why in the world they did that. It was driving her crazy, which isn’t hard to do!

  33. Barb & Maggie
    3:30 pm on November 5th, 2013

    Bee, We here loved the King and Maxwell shows. Maybe another network will pick them up. Did not know Baldacci wrote the books on which the show was based.

    Ok, When I gave that example above, my extra spaces were taken out automatically. The point was that there would be 3-5 spaces between words on a line, for no apparent reason.

  34. Staff
    3:53 pm on November 5th, 2013

    Hey B. I know about the Elna Lotus and I have an Elna Supermatic. It is well designed also. It’s suitcase is also its table. Really neat machines.
    The feather was by quilter Diane Gaudynski. Here is a link for her work.

    Scroll down to ‘echo feathers’ for the design I used last night.

    Rose we are hoping you have a good day today.

  35. B. Stover
    4:31 pm on November 5th, 2013

    Thank you for the link Staff. Diane Gaudynski does beautiful work.

  36. Melanie
    4:37 pm on November 5th, 2013

    My Kat Scan . .

  37. Basil and Sage
    4:43 pm on November 5th, 2013

    Sheesh Melanie – it was just a CatScan – don’t have kittens…


  38. Herd of Hounds
    5:20 pm on November 5th, 2013

    We see a problem with your cat scan. The bladder cat is WAY TOO big. (heh, heh,heh)

  39. Barb & Maggie
    5:25 pm on November 5th, 2013

    Very clever and cute Cat scan.

  40. Tupper and Gilly
    5:35 pm on November 5th, 2013

    That Cat Scan is nuthin’ Wait til you see the LAB Report.


  41. Wose
    6:00 pm on November 5th, 2013

    I am officially unemployed. It is an amicable separation.

    I will be lurking for a while.

  42. Melanie
    6:02 pm on November 5th, 2013

    T&G. Ouch.

    Barb&MagPie, yes, “H”.

  43. Melanie
    6:04 pm on November 5th, 2013

    Rose, glad it was amicable”. Still hurts though.

  44. Herd of Hounds
    6:13 pm on November 5th, 2013

    Rose, the HOH will be thinking about you while you lurk, just don’t be gone too long.
    T&G Y’all are clever corgis and felicitous felines. Oh, and ya have a magical mama.

  45. Barb & Maggie
    6:28 pm on November 5th, 2013

    Rose, Lurk as long as you need to, but we will miss you. Hurry back!

  46. c.hobbit
    6:48 pm on November 5th, 2013

    Rose/Wose: I know you are partial to BelleStarr but we are all your BFFs!

  47. Tupper and Gilly
    6:56 pm on November 5th, 2013

    Wose – do you need something soft and cuddly? We ship.

  48. Kat
    7:05 pm on November 5th, 2013

    Wose, I am on my way. I am grabbing the red eye blurring machine from the West Coast.

  49. Belle Starr
    7:21 pm on November 5th, 2013

    My Four-legged has given me permission to take a break from Nana Smooching and blur to Wose. My Four-Legged will stay with Nana. I am going to blur by myself for te very first time. I’ve packed my sparkly, pink backpack. Wose, here I come!

  50. Riö - The Evil Pug
    7:32 pm on November 5th, 2013

    Rose!….What is the update!…snort!…Are you a free woman with a big settlement?…wheeze!

  51. Riö - The Evil Pug
    7:35 pm on November 5th, 2013

    Grunt!….I just saw Rose’s post which I missed the first time through…sniffle!…Well, unemployment is when you get paid for staying home during the holidays. That was when my friend was unemployed too…snort!….We made the most of enjoying Turkey Day and Present Day, let me tell youse!…chuffle!

  52. Princess Sam
    8:28 pm on November 5th, 2013

    Rio, tell your friend that the little feet on the tree are part of its charm.

  53. Riö - The Evil Pug
    8:29 pm on November 5th, 2013

    Admin!…Asking ole Admin how he thinks is like trying to have an authentic clam bake in my back yare….chorkel!…Not going to get any answers or anything to eat…sniff!

  54. Riö - The Evil Pug
    8:31 pm on November 5th, 2013

    Sammie!….I see your point…sniff!…But I do know that she is contemplating pulling those little feet off and putting on a narrow trunk…sniff!…The Hobbit has the last word on this plan…heh!

  55. Herd of Hounds
    9:09 pm on November 5th, 2013

    Know it is not late but the Darah alarm went off at 4:30, 5:30 and 6:30. I haven’t found the snooze button her yet so I (the alpha female 2 legger of the herd) am suffering from sleepus interruptus. Nighty night, I hope (unless Darah decides to honk again.

  56. Belle Starr
    9:42 pm on November 5th, 2013

    Well, that didn’t go according to plan. I overshot my landing a bit and ended up on Grizz’s chest and spilling my sparkles in the process. It made Wose laugh so I told her I did it on purpose. I don’t think Grizz appreciated getting an earful of glitter so I told him I did it on accident.

    HOH: Get some sleep. Nighty, night.

  57. Kat
    9:45 pm on November 5th, 2013

    Belly, Can I please have some of Griz’s ear sparkles so Wose can laugh at me too?
    Did youse see Chet’s post over on the right? No jealousy…I try to tell mom that, but she is not buying it.

  58. Riö - The Evil Pug
    9:47 pm on November 5th, 2013

    Bellie!…Please do not plan to visit us here…sniff!….I am not partial to sparkles of any kind and her mother would have a fit if there were sparkles in any of our beds…heh!heh!

    Sleeping!…I think everyone is feeling the side effects of the damned time-change…grump!…Not me. I am tip top and ready to watch a baseball game, only baseball is over and all the nay-sayers are sleeping…grumble!

  59. Belle Starr
    9:49 pm on November 5th, 2013

    Kat: Help yourself. I brought extra sparkles. I never leave home without backup sparkles.

  60. dawson
    9:50 pm on November 5th, 2013

    Wose: Glad you were able to reach an amicable settlement and nice that you can now call that mean man a former boss.

    I’ve been go go going all day so now I’m going to watch Elementary and call it a night.

  61. Tupper and Gilly
    9:53 pm on November 5th, 2013

    We are going to say goodnight too. Tomorrow we actually get to stay home and do nothing.
    Except laundry, vacuuming, resetting merchandise for upcoming shows, hanging mirrors, …..

    see ya tomorrow

  62. Riö - The Evil Pug
    9:54 pm on November 5th, 2013

    Unbelievable!….Tupper and Gilly must be the House-Slaves…snort!

  63. Belle Starr
    9:56 pm on November 5th, 2013

    Rio: If I read every other word I see: Do plan visit here. Fair enough. I will stop by your house on my way home. 🙂

  64. Riö - The Evil Pug
    9:58 pm on November 5th, 2013

    Bellie!…snort!…Everyone here cannot wait for your sparkly arrival – but someone else is changing the locks right now…grunt!

  65. Belle Starr
    10:08 pm on November 5th, 2013

    Rio: Change the locks all you want. I didn’t grow up with the Thieves without learning a thing or two. Or, three.

  66. Riö - The Evil Pug
    10:09 pm on November 5th, 2013

    Bellie!…As a certain Hot-Shot would say, “This is going to be problematic.”….grunt!

  67. Belle Starr
    10:13 pm on November 5th, 2013

    Problematic? So therefore…I’ll bring hot wings.

  68. Barb & Maggie
    10:15 pm on November 5th, 2013

    We are saying good night too. Haven’t adjusted to the time change yet. See you tomorrow.

  69. Tupper and Gilly
    10:15 pm on November 5th, 2013

    Rio – you are right. We are sorely abused puppies. Why, we don’t even have any baseball toys.

  70. Riö - The Evil Pug
    10:19 pm on November 5th, 2013

    Hot Wings!…snort!…No problems with that!…gurgle!

    Boss!…Today my friend told her boss he was still a Hot-Shot and putting out fires all day long….heh!heh!…He found that quite “comical”, which is another one of his favorite words…snort!…He said these fires are way more scary than the ones he worked on in his other career….wheeze!

  71. Belle Starr
    10:32 pm on November 5th, 2013

    Stop, drop and roll is code for, ‘You’re not going to believe what just happened.’

  72. Riö - The Evil Pug
    10:38 pm on November 5th, 2013

    What!?…snort!…What just happened?…wheeze!….Beau is rolling right now. He likes being on his back for some reason…heh!

  73. Belle Starr
    10:46 pm on November 5th, 2013

    Rio: It is the best way to say, “This belly isn’t going to rub itself.”

  74. Riö - The Evil Pug
    10:57 pm on November 5th, 2013

    The Rub!….Not what Beau is going for (usually)…snort!…My friend believes it makes his spine feel good…grunt!…I think he is an exhibitionist ….grump!…Always trying to attract attention to himself…sniff!

  75. Belle Starr
    11:09 pm on November 5th, 2013

    My Two-legged better get some work done tonight.

    Nighty noodles.

  76. Riö - The Evil Pug
    11:13 pm on November 5th, 2013

    Work!…Done!…awwww shucks!…sniff!

  77. Riö - The Evil Pug
    11:17 pm on November 5th, 2013

    Goodnight!….I am told it is that time once again…sniff!…So we are heading up to bed now. No walk tonight as it is cold and windy and very dark…chuffle!…Ain’t life grand?…heh!heh!

  78. Staff
    11:54 pm on November 5th, 2013

    Nana is looking at her Facebookie page. I had posted several times and today there were 4 notifications that Nana ‘liked’ those posts.

    Good news from Rehab! Keep on keeping on Nana. We are on your side. And if you want we can get you some tummies.

    Nighty noodle all

  79. Tupper and Gilly
    9:08 am on November 7th, 2013

    And Good Morning – MAma and Melanie are off on the road to the doctor.

    Personally, we think they are just taking a Girls’ Day Out and forgot that we are girls too!

    Check in with you later.

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